Imagine that you witnessed child sexual abuse while on the job, but your boss told you not to do anything to stop it. Now imagine that your boss was the United States government.
That’s exactly what happened to Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr.
In his last phone call, he told his father about what had been happening in Southern Afghanistan. He said he could hear Afghan police officers raping and sexually abusing boys brought to the base.
“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., said his son told him before being shot and killed a the base.
“My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture,” he continued.
His son told him, before his death in 2012, that the police called their abuse “bacha bazi” which literally means “boy play.”
U.S. soldiers and Marines have been directly instructed by their commanding officers, and ultimately the U.S. government, not to intervene.
“The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights,” Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain said.
Quinn actually physically beat up an American-backed militia commander after he found out he was keeping a boy chained to his bed, using him as a sex slave.
“But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”
The New York Times reports, that “the policy of instructing soldiers to ignore child sexual abuse by their Afghan allies is coming under new scrutiny, particularly as it emerges that service members like Captain Quinn have faced discipline, even career ruin, for disobeying it.”
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5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.
6 For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.